2015 Coaching and Volunteering Award Winners

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2015 Coaching and Volunteering Award Winners

Posted: 21/09/2015


We launched this year’s Coaching and Volunteering Awards to recognise the fantastic and tireless work of the many individuals whose efforts let us enjoy our sport.

We are now pleased to announce our 2015 Winners:

Volunteer of the Year:
John Young, Cluarankwai Judo Club

With over 60 years’ experience of running classes, John takes a holistic approach to Judo coaching kata, personal safety courses and self-defence classes.  At the age of 77 he is constantly trying to improve and regularly attends coaching technique courses. For John, judo is not just about the young he has made it his mission to engage adults in the sport as well. His club believes ‘he is exactly the type of person Kano intended Judo to produce’.

Technical Official/ Referee of the Year:
Marjorie Ruddick, Alford Judo Club

Marjorie has been a table official for 25years and in that time has seen changes in technology that she has taken in her stride. Although based in the north of Scotland Marjorie travels to the central belt regularly to officiate. Her skills were noted by the BJA in 2014 when they invited her along to officiate at the European Open in October. In November Marjorie was named tournament director for the Scottish Age Bands. ‘Marjorie views judo as having enriched her life and friendships but the reverse is also true’.

Young Coach of the Year:
Stephen Gillan, Barrhead Judo Club

Stephen is a fine example of what ‘a life in judo’ looks like, having given up competitive judo for medical reasons, he has redirected his talents and thrived in coaching. Stephen is determined to increase the profile of judo as a sport and has developed relationships with East Renfrewshire Active Schools to deliver taster judo sessions in schools. In his club, Stephen has had a direct impact on membership and inspires, not just the children he coaches, but their parents too.

Performance Development Coach of the Year:
John Buchanan, Sportif Judo

As well as a successful competitive judo career, John has also been coaching for over 10 years. John ensures that his clubs are friendly and welcoming to all who attend, allowing players to thrive and reach their potential. John always attends competitions with his judoka’s to settle nerves and ensure players have someone in their corner. John is a fantasticrole model and on winning his commonwealth medal last summer, made the club feel like it was a shared experience.

Community Coach of the Year:
David Peden, Glasgow University Judo Club and Clyde Judo Club
With over 27 years of experience David brings a lot to both clubs he coaches (Glasgow University Judo and Clyde Judo). He has made a real commitment to developing Judoka young and old, adopting a progressive approach to coaching embracing new ideas. Through Clyde Judo, David currently has nine judokas in the JudoScotland Talent Development Squad as well as sending five players to represent Scotland at the Sainsbury’s School Games. David’s commitment to his clubs has proved invaluable and his player’s success is a direct reflection on his hard work. 

From local clubs to international events, Judo-in-Scotland could not function without the tireless efforts of our volunteer workforce, technical officials and coaches. JudoScotland would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the volunteers, technical officials and coaches who make it possible.

This year’s awards will be presented at The Gathering 2015 held at Tulliallan Police College on the 7th and 8th of November.